Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Perfect Poem

Today remains Sunday, 22 March 2009.

My very dear friend and guru Ms. NMI some time ago turned me on to daily reading of G. Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac.(

Today’s poem thereon is one everyone in their right mind will wish they had written.

"Introduction to Poetry"

by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem's room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author's name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

"Introduction to Poetry" by Billy Collins, from The Apple That Astonished Paris. © University of Arkansas Press, 1996.


Anonymous appreciative said...

I love the way this poem engages the senses--and makes me smile. I will say no more, not wishing to tie it to a chair.

1:26 PM  

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